ARISC Grants and Fellowships


Junior Research Fellowship             Graduate Fellowship           CHM Grant

 

ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant – Deadline extended

Date Due: Rolling (all annual funds will be distributed by August 31, 2016)

Contact Information: info “at” arisc. org

Project Description:
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage. This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery! and private donations, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts. Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Restoration of threatened archaeological remains
  • Stabilization of historical resources
  • Long-term protection for archaeological sites or historical monuments
  • Curation and permanent exhibition of heritage materials
  • Cataloging and recording of collections
  • Digitization of heritage materials for wider public access
  • Enhancement of conservation lab facilities
  • Advanced training for specialists

Given the level of funding, these awards can also be used as seed grants to demonstrate the feasibility of a pilot program and/or in concert with funds from parallel sources.

Grantees will be required to either give a talk or run a workshop pertinent to the subject of the grant while in Armenia.

Eligibility:
Proposals are submitted jointly by a team of two or more scholars and/or specialists. At least one must be a citizen of the U.S. and one a citizen of the Republic of Armenia. Proposals must show evidence of endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the undertaking. These grants are not intended for primary research. The participants must demonstrate that the project requires true collaboration between both PIs, as well as active participation by both PI’s in all aspects of the work required to complete the project.

Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Award Information:
Awards are usually made for a period of 12 months during which the work described in the proposal must be completed. Extensions will be granted only with the explicit approval of ARISC. Award checks will be sent to the US collaborator. Awardees are responsible for tax payments in association with this award, either in the US or in Armenia. Grants will typically not exceed $4000.

Grant recipients are eligible to reapply for a second CHM grant two years after their most recent award.

Application Information:
Applicants are encouraged to contact ARISC in advance of submitting an application in order to confirm eligibility. A complete application will include the following materials:

  1. Application Form. (This form must be downloaded to be completed.)
  2. Narrative description of the project (not to exceed 3 double spaced pages).
  3. Supporting documents: up to 2 pages of illustrative materials such as photos or maps.
  4. Budget and budget summary (must show funds requested from ARISC as well as other current and pending support).
  5. CVs for all participants, including associated personnel (limit to 2 pages each including most relevant experience and publications).
  6. Evidence of endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia.

A portion of the grant stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their Final Report on their grant.

If any item of equipment or supplies purchased with grant funds at an original cost in excess of $750.00 still has monetary value, the resale value must be returned to ARISC; or, upon approval by ARISC, such equipment may be donated to an educational or research institution in the South Caucasus in the name of ARISC.

Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of grant.

Applications must be written in English and submitted electronically to info “at” arisc.org.

Application Review:
Proposals will be evaluated by ARISC’s fellowships committee according to the following four primary criteria:

  • Contribution to the preservation of Armenia’s heritage
  • Promotion of local skills in current techniques of heritage management and curation
  • Development of substantive collaborative ties
  • Advancement of public understanding

Notifications of awards will be sent out by August 2016.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

Past Awards

2015:
– Dr. Alan Greene (Stanford University, USA) and Dr. Roman Hovsepyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS Republic of Armenia): Website for the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography NAS RA.
– Dr. Kathryn Franklin (University of Chicago, USA) and Astghik Babajanyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography NAS Republic of Armenia): Vayots Dzor Medieval Silk Road Heritage Corridor Archaeological Survey.

2014:
– Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (University of Miami, USA) and Sarhat Petrosyan (Urbanlab Yerevan, Armenia): Other Yerevan: A Virtual Museum of Yerevan’s Cultural Heritage.

2013:
– Dr. Miriam Belmaker (University of Tulsa, USA) and Dr. Ruzan Mkrtchyan (Yerevan State University): Storage and Preservation of the Bioarchaeological Collections at the Yerevan State University.

2012:
– Dr. Alexia Smith (University of Connecticut, USA) and Dr. Ivan Gabrielyan (Institute of Botany, Armenia): Establishing a Botanical Reference Collection for Archaeobotanical Studies in Armenia.

2011:
– Lyssa Stapleton (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Dr. Pavel Avetisyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia): Long-Term Preservation of Artifacts from the Site of Areni-1, Armenia.

 

ARISC Junior Research Fellowship – Closed

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).  The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country. Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants. Research awards will be made for a maximum of $4000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus. For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form*, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, January 15, 2016, to info “at” arisc.org. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at” arisc.org. All information must be received by Friday, January 16, 2016, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

*This form must be downloaded to be completed.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

Terms and Conditions

  1. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA, must be full-time enrolled graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, or junior scholars, who have received their PhD since 2008.  Students graduating in spring 2016 are eligible to apply. Students who are graduating before the start of their field research project should indicate future study plans and how the field research fellowship will fit into those plans.
  2. Fellows must complete their fellowships and submit a Final Report to ARISC by August 31, 2016. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to ARISC by this date.
  3. Fellows must present an ARISC-sponsored public lecture or workshop on their project during their residency in the South Caucasus and acknowledge ARISC in any publications and presentations.
  4. A portion of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their Final Report on their fellowship.
  5. If any item of equipment or supplies purchased with grant funds at an original cost in excess of $500.00 still has monetary value, the resale value must be returned to ARISC; or, upon approval by ARISC, such equipment may be donated to an educational or research institution in the South Caucasus in the name of ARISC.
  6. Funding from this award cannot be used to cover visa expenses.
  7. Meals and Incidental expenses may not exceed the rates set by the US Department of State.
  8. Award recipients are responsible for paying all taxes related to their awards. The fellowship funds awarded are generally considered income in the United States, and therefore must be reported to the tax authorities. ARISC bears no responsibility for withholding or remitting taxes related to these awards.
  9. Award recipients are responsible for ensuring proper medical and evacuation insurance coverage during their time in the field in the South Caucasus. Proof of insurance coverage will be required before disbursement of fellowship funds.
  10. Fellowship recipients are eligible to reapply for a second Junior Research Fellowship (formerly named the Graduate Student, Postdoctoral, and Junior Faculty Research Fellowship) three years after their most recent award.
  11. Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
  12. All travel between the US and South Caucasus that uses funds from the fellowship program must meet the provisions of the “Fly America Act.”
  13. Given changing travel restrictions and/or travel warnings to many countries, fellows should contact ARISC prior to purchasing air passage.
  14. Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of fellowship.
  15. While ARISC encourages scholars to apply to other federal and private sources in addition to the ARISC graduate fellowships, ARISC fellows who receive additional awards must contact ARISC immediately to discuss possible date and stipend adjustments.
  16. ARISC reserves the right to adjust the amounts and types of awards given under this program, as well as the general terms and conditions, before award agreements are reached with each recipient.

Selection Process
Fellows will be selected by the ARISC grants panel made up of scholars working in the South Caucasus with experience conducting regional and trans-regional research. Please note that readers may not be specialists in your field. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Merits of the proposal for significance, relevance, and potential contribution to regional and/or trans-regional scholarly research
  • Applicant qualifications
  • Research design and methodology
  • Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project
  • Proficiency in language required to complete research project, if applicable
  • If language competence is needed for this project, one of the letters of recommendation must address this
  • Quality of the mentoring proposal

Notification
Notification of fellowship status will be sent to each applicant via email in March 2016.

Additional Information
The ARISC Resident Directors in the Baku, Tbilisi, and Yerevan are available to assist the scholars chosen for the program to prepare for their research in the South Caucasus by assisting with logistics such as visa requirements, travel arrangements within the country, and helping to locate research materials and local contacts.

This fellowship is supported with a grant from the US Department of Education.

Past Awards
2015:
– Maureen Marshall (University of Chicago): Lived Experience in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus.
– Jeanene Mitchell (University of Washington): At the Confluence of Transnational and Local Actors: Flood Management in Azerbaijan.

2014:
– Kathryn Franklin (University of Chicago): Village life on the Armenian Silk Road: Local and Large scale in the late medieval period (AD 1100-1400).
– Dr. Alan Greene (Stanford University): Late Bronze Age Political Economies in the South Caucasus: The View from Aragatsi Berd and Armenia’s Plain of Flowers.
– Kathryn Weber (Cornell University): Transitions in Human-Animal Interactions and Social Inequality in the Bronze Age South Caucasus.

2013:
– Dr. Emily Hammer (New York University): Mapping Urbanism in the South Caucasus: The Naxçivan Archaeological Project.
– Kelsey Rice (University of Pennsylvania): Ambiguous Legacies: Persian Literary Influence in Azeri Intellectual History.
– Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan (University of Miami): Spaces of Diaspora Investment: Urban Transformations and Transnational Linkages in the Landscape of Yerevan.

ARISC Graduate Fellowships – Closed

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia).  Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each.  Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form*, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 18, 2015, to info “at” arisc.org. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by Friday, December 18, 2015, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any presentations of the research results.

*This form needs to be downloaded to be completed.

Additional Terms and Conditions

  1. The ARISC Graduate Fellowship is limited to ARISC members: student or institutional members. If your institution is not a member, you can sign up for a student membership for $10. Information on membership is available at http://arisc.org/?page_id=44.
  2. Fellows must complete their fellowships by August 31, 2016. Any unused portion of the stipend must be returned to ARISC by this date.
  3. A report is required to be submitted to ARISC within 30 days of fellowship completion and no later than September 30, 2016.
  4. Graduate students enrolled in accredited degree-granting programs in the US are eligible for the fellowship.
  5. Fellowships will be awarded to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only. Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status (i.e. photocopy of passport, etc.) must be shown upon award notification.
  6. A portion of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their Final Report on their fellowship.
  7. Fellows are expected to make contact with the ARISC country representative in each country or countries where they will be traveling as soon as possible upon arrival.
  8. Given changing travel restrictions and/or travel warnings to many countries, fellows should contact ARISC prior to purchasing airfare.
  9. Proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be provided, if relevant, upon receipt of fellowship.
  10. While ARISC encourages scholars to apply to other federal and private sources in addition to the ARISC graduate fellowships, ARISC fellows who receive additional awards must contact ARISC immediately to discuss possible date and stipend adjustments.
  11. ARISC is unable to provide health or other insurance to its fellows. Fellows are required to supply ARISC with proof of health insurance as well as emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance before leaving the United States.
  12. Fellowship recipients are eligible to reapply for a second Graduate Fellowship three years after their most recent award.
  13. ARISC does not advise fellows on tax questions concerning their stipend.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

Selection Process

Fellows will be selected by the ARISC grants panel made up of scholars with experience conducting regional and trans-regional research. Please note that readers may not be specialists in your field. Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Merits of the proposal for significance, relevance, and potential contribution to regional and/or trans-regional scholarly research;
  • Applicant qualifications;
  • Research design and methodology;
  • Significance to the applicant’s field;
  • Significance to needs and interests of host country and ARISC;
  • Feasibility in terms of resources and amount of time allocated to the project;
  • Need for residence in host country to accomplish the project;
  • Proficiency in language required to complete research project, if applicable.

Notification

Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in February 2016.

Important Notes Regarding Applications

  • The applicant is responsible for notifying referees of their request for letters and for ensuring those letters are submitted to ARISC by the deadline.
  • All references must be in English.
  • PhD candidates must submit one letter from their academic advisor.
  • ARISC’s method of submission is via email. Once an application is submitted it cannot be resubmitted or edited. This also applies to letters of recommendation.
  • Notification of fellowship status will be made available to each applicant via email in February 2016. Fellows are advised that it can take up to six months to obtain the necessary research clearance and should plan accordingly.

Past Awards

2015:
– Elizabeth Anderson (Yale University): Syriac Manuscripts in the Matenadaran.
– Alexander Balistreri (Princeton University): From Baku to Kars: Muslim Solidarity Across the Southern Caucasus, 1910–1922.
– Claire Kaiser (University of Pennsylvania): Lived Nationality: Policy and Practice in Soviet Georgia, 1945-1978.

2014:
– Nathaniel Erb-Satullo (Harvard University): Metals, Mining and Movement: Landscape Archaeology in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia.
– Lara Fabian (University of Pennsylvania): Between East and West in Transcaucasia: Regional Perspectives on the Roman-Parthian Borderland.
– Susannah Fishman (University of Pennsylvania): Ceramic Entanglements at the Urartian Periphery: Technological Analysis in Naxçıvan, Azerbaijan.

2013:
– Hannah Chazin (University of Chicago): The Politics of Pasture: The Political Economy of Herding in the Late Bronze Age.
– Hannah Lau (University of California, Los Angeles): Feasting and Emergent Political Complexity in the Late Neolithic Ancient Near East: Evidence from Kamiltepe.
– Jesse Quinn (University of Arizona): Forests, State and Territory in the Republic of Georgia.

2012:
– Emily Hammer (Harvard University): Archaeological Landscapes of Highland and Steppe Zones in Northwestern Naxcivan, Azerbaijan.
– Caitlin Ryan (University of Colorado Boulder): State Formation and Property Relations in Georgia: A Case Study of IDP Housing.
– Beverly Schmidt (University of Connecticut): Middle Paleolithic Lithic Technology and Behavior in the Hrazdan River Gorge, Armenia.

2011:
– Eli Feiman (Brown University): Cohesion, Coercion, and Compromise: Parties of Power in the South Caucasus, 1988-Present.
– Melissa Gayan (Emory University): The Forgotten Revolt: The 1956 Pro-Stalinist Protests in Soviet Georgia and its Cold-War Implications.
– Tamrika Khvtisiashvili (University of Utah): Documentation of Khinalug.

2010:
– Megan Dean (Stanford University): Neither Empire Nor Nation: Networks of Trade in the Caucasus, 1750-1925.
– Aimee Dobbs (Indiana University – Bloomington): Negotiating Public Schools for Muslims among Russian Imperial Bureaucrats, Local Administrators, and Azerbaijani elites, 1862-1890.
– Sarah Garding (University of California, Berkeley): Courting the Nation Abroad: Diaspora Policies in Postcommunist Armenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

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